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“Dear Dave and Family,I just heard about Jeannie passing, please accept my sincerest condolences. Jeannie was an amazing woman, one of the kindest...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Jeanne Lorentzen

“Dear Dave and Family, I am very sorry to hear of Jeanie's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Etchison

“Dear Dave, and Family,I was so sorry to hear about Jeannie. I have positive memories working with her through AAUP. She was a very helpful and lovely...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Jane Milkie

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jeannie passing.I'll really miss her, she has been a good friend of mine since she moved up this way. I was Blessed to have...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Stephen Wetton

“Many great memories of my little sister. And I still have every card that she sent me over the last 40 years. When I miss her I can pull them out...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Philip Colpitts - River Falls, WI

“Jeannie was such a good person. I miss her already. We wish we could be there. Our prayers are with you and your family always. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: John Collins

“We just learned of Jeannie's untimely death and are in shock. We will miss her terribly at our family Thanksgiving dinner. Her light and love, her...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Philip and Shira Pomerance (Coffee) - IL


Jeannie Margaret Carlson, 56, of Marquette, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, November 3, 2016 at her home. Jeannie was born on April 27, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late Rev. Robert and Mary Lee Colpitts. Jeannie was a talented musician and artist who also enjoyed listening to music as well as playing the flute. She played in small ensembles at various local settings and many times just with friends. She received a Bachelor's of Science degree from NMU in psychology, as well as two Master's degrees, one in Administrative Service and a second in Training, Development and Human Performance. She also was employed for many years at NMU as a department secretary. As a child, her parents took the family to the Garden Peninsula in the UP, renting a cottage, going fishing and kayaking and enjoying the fauna and forest. In later years, she and David enjoyed traveling, making trips to North Carolina to see her mother and also making trips to Florida, Mexico and Europe. They visited David's brothers in Pennsylvania and Arizona and took a long cross-country trip to the Midwest, Southwest, California, Rocky Mountains and the South Dakota Badlands. Jeannie was a great athlete and was selected as the outstanding athlete in high school. She was happy as a gardener, especially experimenting with various types of seeds to see what plants would grow, especially with various flower species. She loved to grow flowers in the vegetable garden to see the beautiful colors. Jeannie was a fabulous cook and always was trying new and exotic recipes. She spent much time getting the preparations exactly correct. Her food was indeed delicious. Survivors include her husband, David Carlson, whom she married in June of 2010 in Marquette; three step-children, David William Carlson, Bradley Paul (Kari) Urberg-Carlson, both of Minneapolis, MN and Deborah Nan Carlson of Marquette; three step-grandchildren, Anders Urberg-Carlson, Sofie Urberg-Carlson, both of Minneapolis and Tyleur Wright of Marquette; siblings, Robert (Dorothie) Colpitts of Texas, G.E. Colpitts of Illinois and Philip Colpitts of Wisconsin; a sister-in-law, Jean Gawenda of Arizona; brothers-in-law, Paul (Carol) Carlson of Colorado, Rev. Chuck (Elaine) Carlson of Arizona and Rev. John (Joanne) Carlson of Pennsylvania; also surviving are nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church with Rev. Amanda Kossow and Rev. David Van Kley officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 12 Noon until the time of the service. A time of food & fellowship will follow in Magnuson Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Marquette Women's Center, 1310 S. Front Street, Ste. A, Marquette, MI 49855 or Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855 in Jeannie's memory. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com